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Chemical Packaging Equipment and Materials

11 September 2023 Posted by: makeyourmark Uncategorized

What is chemical packaging equipment?

Chemical packaging equipment encompasses a wide range of machinery and tools specifically designed and used in the manufacturing and packaging of chemical products. These machines are crucial for efficiently and safely filling, sealing, labeling, and otherwise preparing chemical products for distribution, storage, and use. Chemical packaging equipment plays a significant role in maintaining product integrity, ensuring safety, and complying with industry regulations. 

There are many types of chemical packaging equipment, including:

  • Filling Machines: These machines are used to fill containers with chemical products, including liquids, powders, granules, and solids. 
  • Capping and Sealing Machines: These machines are used to apply caps, lids, or seals to containers to prevent leakage, contamination, and tampering. They can include capping machines for screw caps, crimping machines for aluminum seals, and induction sealers for heat-sealable foil seals.
  • Labeling Machines: Labeling equipment is used to apply labels to containers, providing information such as product name, safety warnings, batch numbers, and barcodes. 
  • Coding and Marking Machines: These machines are used to print production dates, expiration dates, lot numbers, and other essential information directly onto containers or packaging materials.
  • Packing Machines: Packing equipment includes machines that assemble and fill cartons, boxes, or other secondary packaging materials. It may also include machines for bundling, shrink-wrapping, and palletizing products for shipment.
  • Checkweighers and Inspection Equipment: Checkweighers verify the weight of filled containers, ensuring that they meet specified weight requirements. Inspection equipment, such as metal detectors and x-ray systems, can detect foreign objects and ensure product quality.
  • Bagging Machines: Bagging equipment is used for packaging chemical products in bags, typically for powdered or granular materials.
  • Drum and Tote Filling Equipment: These machines are designed for filling larger containers, such as drums and IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) totes, with liquid chemicals. They may include pumps and flow meters for accurate filling.
  • Clean-in-Place (CIP) Systems: CIP systems are used to clean and sanitize equipment and pipelines in contact with chemical products, ensuring product quality and safety.
  • Hazmat Packaging Equipment: For hazardous chemicals, specialized packaging equipment may be required to meet regulatory and safety standards.

What are chemical packaging materials?

Chemical packaging materials are materials specifically designed and chosen to safely contain and protect chemical products during storage, transportation, and handling. These materials are selected based on their compatibility with the chemical substances they will come into contact with, as well as their ability to provide a barrier against contamination, leakage, and other potential hazards. 

Some common examples of chemical packaging materials are:

  • Plastics
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Fiberboard and cardboard
  • Composite materials (such as foil-lined bags or pouches)
  • Flexible films
  • Fiber drums
  • Composite drums

What are inert barriers?

Inert barriers in chemical packaging equipment refer to materials or substances used to create a barrier between the chemical product being packaged and the packaging material or container. These barriers are designed to prevent chemical interactions or reactions between the product and the packaging material, which could compromise the quality, safety, or stability of the product. For example, in the pharmaceutical industry, glass ampoules are often used as inert barriers for liquid medications. In the food and beverage industry, certain plastic films or laminates may be used as inert barriers to protect the contents from external factors. Inert barriers play a crucial role in chemical packaging equipment by safeguarding the chemical product from undesirable interactions with the packaging material, ensuring product quality and safety, and helping companies meet regulatory requirements.  

What is ILT InterSeal®?

InterSeal® is the groundbreaking process developed by ILT’s founder that paved the way for the creation of many of ILT’s products—notably, the flagship product: InterSeal® Bonded Caps. InterSeal® is an innovative, chemically inert process that bonds silicone septa to plastic caps without using adhesives. The caps can withstand multiple injections, and possess high chemical resistance and resealability. This process is used to make a wide variety of ILT’s bonded caps across many different industries.

Read more about the seals and septa industry on our blog page or learn more about ILT, the world leader in manufacturing seals and septa here.